Actor Nick Offerman, Lagavulin Whiskey, and Guinness are debuting a new partnership ahead of Father’s Day 2021. A combination of single malt whisky and beer – Meet Lagavulin Offerman Edition: Guinness Cask Finish.
Offerman and Lagavulin began a partnership back in 2014. Offerman, probably most famously known as Ron Swanson on the tv show Parks and Rec, was often seen drinking Lagavulin Whisky and rare steaks throughout the show. Swanson (Offerman) even visited the distillery in Scotland in Season 6.
Created with Offerman’s father Ric in mind, Lagavulin took an 11 year Islay Single Malt and aged it for 4 months in Guinness casks from the brewery’s Open Gate Brewery in Maryland. The resulting flavor is describing as ‘sweet peat’ – combining the intense peat and charred wood notes of the Lagavulin with the roasted coffee, dark chocolate, and sweet caramel notes from the Guinness casks.
Offerman’s entire Lagavulin: My Tales of Whisky, including a new episode for this new collaboration is available on YouTube.
Lagavulin Offerman Edition: Guinness Cask Finish will be available in 750-milliliter bottles at select retailers starting in May, $79.99 each.
8th Wonder Viet-Irish Coffee debuts at the Houston, Texas brewery this weekend.
This first bottle release by 8th Wonder is indeed a big one, especially since the brewery calls this beer Imperial Rocket Fuel. Viet-Irish Coffee is based on year-round Rocket Fuel, a 4.6% alcohol robust porter brewed with Greenway Coffee and milk sugar.
This imperial edition features the same locally roasted Greenway Coffee and aged in Jameson Whiskey barrels.
8th Wonder Viet-Irish Coffee will be available in 22-ounce bottles and draft when the brewery opens on Saturday, January 25th.
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Great Divide Barrel Aged Yeti Imperial Stout is another one of the “old guard” in American barrel-aged imperial stouts. Additionally, it is among the most revered in the industry.
The year-round “Yeti” imperial stout spends at least 12 months aging whiskey barrels before it sees the light of day every November. The resulting beer is a big, bold 12.5% alcohol by volume beast of a stout.
The spirited aging process produces a hugely complex but mellowed Yeti, with its signature roasted flavors, hints of vanilla and oak, and a whiskeyed finish.
Great Divide Barrel Aged Yeti Imperial Stout is slated for 16-ounce cans for the first time in November 2019.
Sixpoint Brewery will be releasing the last cans in their current taproom this weekend. After that, the brewery is taking a release hiatus until they move into their new brewery and taproom in Gowanus in Brooklyn, New York.
That taproom has seen 26 can releases. 65 new beer releases. This weekend, Sixpoint wraps it all up with three special releases.
On October 26th, Mega Raspy, The Mayor, and Double Oaked Master Blend will be available
- Mega Raspy – A “mega” edition inspired by the previous Raspy releases. Mega Raspy is described as an “insane” berry medley that is a big 10% ABV
- The Mayor – Imperial IPA, brewed in honor of Mark Speigel, the “Mayor of Sixpoint” that has been to nearly every Sixpoint release. Mark passed away last year. A hazy IPA with Idaho 7, Galaxy, Mandarina, Simcoe, and Centennial.
- Double Oaked Master Blend – Brewed in collaboration with Jameson and the Caskmates Program. A 14.5% double aged imperial stout.
All three releases will be available in 12-ounce cans on Saturday, October 26th started at 11 am.
Maris Otter malt has a deep history in the beer brewing industry. This month, Atlanta based American Spirit Works highlighted it a little different way – in their latest whiskey.
The United Kingdom originating two-row barley was first introduced in 1966 by Dr. G. D. H. Bell, who created it as a cross between two older barley varieties, Proctor and Pioneer. Its low nitrogen content and desirable “malty” pale taste thrust it into great prominence among English brewers and has often called the “holy grail” of homebrewer malts.
American Spirit Works chose Maris Otter in their latest Ameireaganach Single Malt Whiskey Series. Each release is brewed in Scottish double copper pot distillation, with a “twist” of southern innovation- aging in American oak casks.
As the name suggests, this edition is distilled solely from Maris Otter malt. ASW’s Head Distiller Justin Manglitz spent more than a decade owning an working in his homebrew shop in Athens, Georgia. Post distillation, the whiskey was aged in Char 3 and Char 4 American White Oak casks.
This second entry in the young distillery’s Single Malt Series shows increasing flavor depth as the series grows. It’s fruit-forward, slightly sweet without being cloying, with hints of vanilla in a warming finish. If you find yourself intimidated by Scotch-style whiskey, you’ll find love in this glass that is distilled like Scotch but has a heart of bourbon. Drinkers of both beer and whiskey can appreciate everything that is ASW Maris Otter.
750-Milliliter bottles of ASW Maris Otter can be found at both of the distillery’s Atlanta locations, as well and local bottle shops in limited quantities this October.
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Lawrenceville, Georgia based Slow Pour Brewing will release Lot 49 Whiskey Sour in September.
This 2nd-anniversary release will be available on September 13th, inspired by the popular whiskey sour cocktail. Lot 49 is aged on organic oranges, Italian cherries, cinnamon, and molasses, then aged in Old Fourth Ward whiskey barrels.
Bottles of Slow Pour Lot 49 will be available at the brewery during their anniversary that weekend.
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Atlanta, Georgia’s Monday Night Brewing has some whiskey bragging rights to go alongside their beer lineup. Namely, their own whiskey, thanks to their collaboration partner (and now neighbor on Atlanta’s West End), American Spirit Works.
This story starts more than 6 years ago with Monday Night co-founder Joel Iverson finding himself living next door to American Spirit co-founder Charlie Thompson. The brewery & distillery businesses were born literally next door to each other.
From a fermentation standpoint, brewing and distilling have a lot in common, so Monday Night’s brewing team and ASW’s distiller Justin Manglitz had a common starting point to begin this collaboration.
Monday Night Single Malt Whiskey lovingly referred to as “The Badger”, starts with a mash full of cherrywood smoked malt, the same used in their flagship Drafty Kilt Scotch Ale. The wort is then transferred 5 miles down the road using the highly scientific “renting a Penske truck” method, according to Iverson. ASW distilled the mash and transferred it to white oak quarter casks.
Fortunately, our patience has paid off. Like the mighty Scottish badger, this Scotch-style Whiskey has a pleasant bite and will burrow into your belly with a smooth, slightly sweet, and delightfully smoky finish.
Monday Night Single Malt Whiskey is 86 Proof, available once again in 750-milliliter bottles at ASW as of August 9th. Ounce tasters can be purchased at both of their Atlanta locations. Bottles will be available in Georgia package stores starting mid-August.
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